The waiting game is over for baseball fans as MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred implements a 60-game season scheduled to start July 24. This decision comes after the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) voted 33-5 against the owners’ latest proposal, which included a 60-game season with expanded playoffs. Spring Training is scheduled to start July 1. The players will have until 5 p.m. tomorrow to agree to the health and safety protocols.
The March 27 agreement between MLB and MLBPA allowed commissioner Rob Manfred to set the schedule for the season. Manfred has used that to implement a 60-game regular season, not the 70-game schedule the MLBPA proposed. MLB Owners Monday voted unanimously in favor of Manfred’s 2020 season proposal.
The MLBPA has implied it will file a grievance against the owners if they implement a season. Manfred had been reportedly hesitant to force a season because of this possible grievance.